Obama: ‘But there has always been another thread running throughout our history…’

“…a belief that we are all connected…”

Ann Althouse

That’s the line in the President’s speech (PDF) that made me cry out loud. Here’s the whole sequence, in which he purports to define who we are:

In fact, this larger notion that the only thing we can do to restore prosperity is just dismantle government, refund everyone’s money, let everyone write their own rules, and tell everyone they’re on their own – that’s not who we are. That’s not the story of America.

Yes, we are rugged individualists. Yes, we are strong and self-reliant. And it has been the drive and initiative of our workers and entrepreneurs that has made this economy the engine and envy of the world.

But there has always been another thread running throughout our history – a belief that we are all connected; and that there are some things we can only do together, as a nation.

What bothered me so much? It was the belief that we are all connected. The idea of the collective. We are one, and the one is the government.

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 Jason said…
Obama wouldn’t know a true rugged individualist if one bit him on the ass.

Related: Trumka to sit in Michelle’s box at O’s speech

…Among other invited guests to sit in the first lady’s box are corporate CEOs that have been allies of the administration, including GE’s Jeff Immelt, who was appointed to be chair Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Other corporate executives include Steve Case, the former AOL head, and American Express CEO Ken Chenault.

Not George Kaiser?

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Also, A Trumka history lesson for Mrs. Obama

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